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September 2021

Dear Students and Families, 

Welcome Back To Hoboken Catholic Academy

My name is Mr. Robert Zaccone and I am honored and excited to be teaching 6th Grade Science, 7th Grade Math,  8th Grade Pre Algebra and 8th Grade Algebra here at Hoboken Catholic Academy     for the School Year 2011-2022. It is great to be back and have all of our students present in person.

This year all of our textbooks on in e-book format accessible on the student devices as well as away from school.  I will be listing homework assignments weekly on this page so look for the assignments here.  

My goal is to create a classroom/virtual learning environment to help your child: 

- Develop a strong vocabulary and content knowledge in the curriculum for which I teach them 

- Build a solid foundation of subject concepts and understanding 

-Learn to become Good Stewards of the earth, environment and world around them

- Make connections across content areas 

- Utilize technology to learn more about their subject area 

- Apply mathematics to problem solving

- Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to challenge assumptions, think creatively, and solve real-life problems 

- Enjoy learning through DISCOVERY! 

Parents/Guardians, because you are an integral part of your child’s education, I feel home to school communication is of vital importance. I hope to talk with each of you early this school year and continuing throughout the year. I would also like to extend an invitation for you to contact me at any time. I can be reached at furthermore, if you would prefer to talk, I am always available/flexible to meet the individual needs of all families as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Be asurred that I realize that we are all chartering new waters however, together as a "Hoboken Catholic Academy Family", I am certain that we will have a successful, exciting, and productive year and I look forward to being a part of the academic gains that OUR STUDENT will make. 


Mr. Robert Zaccone 

Middle School Faculty 


Teaching Assignments by Grade:

Grade 6 - Life Science and Mathematics

Week of November 15th 2021,  

This week the topics we are going to cover are Short Division, Estimating Quotients, we will be having a quiz on Scientific Notation, Short Division, Estimating quotients on Thursday.  We will continue with Division of Whole Numbers. 

Planned Homework assignments Workbook pages 22, 23, 24

In Science we are working on Chapter 2 Lesson 3, there will be a short quiz on Section 3 on Wednesday November 17.

Grade 7 - Mathematics Fundamentals of Algebra

Grade 7 is working on Solving One Step Equations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We will be having a quiz on Wednesday on solving equations.

Grade 8 -Pre Algebra and Algebra

Algebra is working on slope and linear equations and will have a test on Wednesday

Pre-Algebra is working on real numbers, Pythagorean Theorem,  there will be a review for a test on Friday on Chapter 2 the lessons that we covered.

Homework is PracticeBook pp 51-52,                        PracticeBook p 53 and 54




I would like to thank everyone involved in funding and helping me to start a new program here at Hoboken Catholic Academy.  This new program is The Trout in the Classroom program sponsored by the State of New Jersey and Trout Unlimited.  This is a hands on long term STREAM project that will begin with Egg Day on Monday.  The Trout eggs will be delivered by a representative from Trout Unlimited.  The aquarium is up and running very well.  The eggs will placed in a hatching chamber and will remain there until they hatch and reach the stage where it is safe to release them into the tank.




I will also be posting the Homework Assignments on this page as well as projected quiz and test dates.

Mr Zaccone


Happy Egg Day! Today our Rainbow Trout Eggs arrived from the Hatchery at Pequest in New Jersey.  Our Trout habitat is up and running.  We received a total of 120 eggs 3 of which were not viable and were Removed.



Grade 6 Homework for the Week of October 18th

Science -Complete the practice test as a tool for studying we will review the answers tomorrow.  

Tuesday October 19th we will continue to review for the Chapter 1 Test What is Life?

Wednesday- Chapter 1 Test

Eggs Day 3

Day 3 of our Trout in the Classroom Program

The students removed 3 eggs today October 20th.

I removed 3 dead eggs yesterday.  We have approximately 111 eggs that are hatching as you can see in the photo.  At the point in which you can see the body of a fish with the egg sac attached they are now at the Alevin Stage.


October 21, 2021

Good Morning,

Today is the 4th day of the Trout in the Classroom.  The eggs are hatching and the 7th grade is doing a terrific job taking care of the trout habitat, and removing the dead eggs and the eggs that have a common fungus.  As you can see the eggs are developing into health hatchlings.  

Here are some pictures of our Alevins from Wednesday.  They are beginning to look like fish more and more each day.

Today is November 9th.  The trout are now at the Alevin stage of their lives and will begin to eat today.  This will be their first feeding since hatching.

Our Trout are doing very well each student will have the responsibility to test the water, feed the fish and clean the tank if necessary.  I have some pictures of students working on the habitat.  I will put them up as soon as I can.

November 15, 2021


Flexibility is a superpower for the fish Oncorhynchus mykiss, which can live in freshwater as a resident rainbow trout, or migrate to the sea as an anadromous steelhead. This power of options makes the species more adaptable to uncertain environments, but has also made understanding O. mykiss populations difficult. There is much uncertainty surrounding the relationships between resident and anadromous (or ocean-migrating) individuals, and what causes fish to express these different life histories. In an effort to better understand these adaptable fish, researchers in northern California examined the distribution of anadromy and residency among O. mykiss in the Eel River drainage (Harvey et al. 2021). Although no clear relationships were found between the expression of anadromy and stream size or distance from the ocean, the observed distributions of offspring from both resident and anadromous females in relation to migration barriers have important implications for management.


Rainbow trout and steelhead commonly live side-by-side in the same streams, but the potential pathways that a young O. mykiss may take are far more varied than these simple categories. Even among steelhead, there are various patterns in the age at which fish first enter the ocean, the age at which they return to freshwater, and the number of times an individual will reproduce. Understanding the factors that influence this flexibility is critical for prioritizing conservation actions, and past studies have found relationships between the expression of anadromy and stream size, as well as stream distance from the ocean, which the present study investigated further. The presence of barriers to migration is another factor that can affect whether fish migrate, and researchers of this study sought to determine whether supposed barriers in the Eel River system truly were blocking migratory steelhead.


To obtain the data necessary to answer these questions, juvenile O. mykiss were collected from 52 sites throughout the Eel River drainage that covered a range of distances from the ocean and stream sizes, and were also distributed both above and below suspected barriers to migration. Fish were captured using electrofishing, and their ear bones – or otoliths – were collected for analysis. As fish grow, they develop new layers on these bones that are similar to growth rings in a tree, and analysis of the chemical composition of these rings can provide information on the life history of the individual, as well as that of its mother. In this case, the researchers sought to determine whether the mother of each captured fish was a resident rainbow trout or a migratory steelhead.


In total, they analyzed otoliths from 91 fish collected below suspected barriers to migration, and 15 fish collected above these barriers. Notably, however, one of the above-barrier fish was found to have an anadromous mother that must have crossed the barrier, suggesting that this assumed barrier may in fact be passable by steelhead under certain conditions. Among the below-barrier fish, 61 were the offspring of anadromous mothers and 30 were the offspring of resident mothers. Although it is not possible to know for sure whether these juveniles themselves would have become anadromous or resident fish, the abundance of juveniles produced by resident rainbow trout in waters that are accessible to steelhead suggests that residents may be playing a significant role in sustaining the population as a whole. Efforts to model the relationship between the presence of anadromous offspring and distance from the ocean as well as stream size failed to detect any relationships, but the presence/absence of prospective barriers was found to be a strong predictor in the expression of anadromy, with anadromous offspring being far more common in stream reaches below barriers.


This study showed that determining what is and is not a true barrier to a steelhead can be tricky. And while most studies of anadromy in O. mykiss populations focus on the potential of anadromous individuals being produced upstream of barriers, this study demonstrates that resident rainbow trout below barriers are also important to consider as a potential source of steelhead offspring. Given that resident O. mykiss have been shown to contribute considerably to steelhead populations, their presence in habitats that are accessible to steelhead may play a vital role in sustaining the population as a whole. As such, managers may need to focus on creating suitable habitat conditions not only for spawning steelhead and outmigrating smolts, but also for the resident and juvenile O. mykiss that remain in freshwater year-round.


Happy New Year to All,

My Zoom Id and pw are:

Meeting ID 559-792-1706

Passcode: 2B4tBb


Google Classroom Codes:

Grade 7 4orzpxz

Algebra kdw5qiu

PreAlgebra yr35rrr

Grade 6 Math mhnqayn

Grade 6 Science xry2qse


Work will be posted on Google Classroom.

Mr Z

More info will follow shortly for todays schedule.

Thank You 

Mr Zaccone



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